PMA Continuing Education Credits
October 26, 2019
Christa Gurka MSPT, PMA-CPT
Workshop 1- Back (HNP, Spondylolisthesis/Stenosis, Osteoporosis) 3 PMA CEC’s
Workshop 2- Pre-Natal/Post Natal (Diastasis) 3 PMA CEC’s
$197 per Workshop or $349 for Both
Read Christa Gurka’s bio below.
An orthopedic physical therapist specializing in Pilates-based fitness, rehabilitation and injury prevention, Christa Gurka’s reputation speaks for itself. Highly respected and recognized among the Pilates and physical therapy communities, Christa’s contagious energy and palpable passion has earned her a clientele of both local fitness enthusiasts and high-profile athletes, including Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra; WNBA veteran Ruth Riley; pro volleyball player Kelly Schumacher; and pro golfers Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis, among others who rely on their performance, health and appearance to succeed in their various careers.
Today, Christa owns, operates and teaches at Pilates in the Grove, which serves the Coconut Grove and South Miami communities with its two premier South Florida locations. Her studios sets the benchmark in Pilates instruction and physical therapy interventions, as most of the instructors hold advanced degrees and boast well-rounded backgrounds in physical therapy, occupational therapy, dance movement therapy and nutrition. The studios also adhere to a low student-teacher ratio, and are ahead of fitness trends, offering services ranging from Physical Therapy, Pilates for Rehabilitation, Pilates for Athletes and NeuroMuscular Reprogramming and Re-education.
Christa’s mission to help others live their best lives began after she received a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 1999. As the director of a private physical therapy practice specializing in orthopedic PT, she discovered and fell in love with Pilates and the remarkable benefits it has on the body and mind. Christa went on to receive her Pilates training through Polestar Education and is a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Pilates Practitioner. An active member of the PMA since 2015, she is credentialed as a PMA-approved continuing education provider and has presented at numerous National Conferences.
Always seeking opportunities to learn, grow and expand the scope of her studios’ services, Christa has pursued several advanced continuing education certifications in the areas of functional movement screening, corrective exercise, manual therapy and myofascial release techniques. She is a Level 2 SFMA practitioner, John F. Barnes Myofascial Release therapist and Level 1 Kinesiotaping specialist. With an extensive knowledge of sports programming, she is also certified in golf-specific training and has served as staff physical therapist for numerous PGA and LPGA golf tournaments.
Outside of the studio, Christa, a wife and mom to two boys, donates her time and talent to a number of non-profit groups, including the Barnyard of Coconut Grove Cares, Breakthrough Miami and the GirlKind Project, which inspires and empowers young women. She also provides Pilates-based strengthening and injury prevention programming to elementary schools, high school sports teams and local athletic events.